The EU is taking measures to foster the competitiveness of EU producers of generic medicines and biosimilar products. The Council today adopted a regulation which introduces an exception to the protection granted to an original medicine by a supplementary protection certificate (SPC) for export purposes and/or for stockpiling.
Thanks to the exception, EU-based manufacturers of generics and biosimilars will be entitled to manufacture a generic or biosimilar version of an SPC-protected medicine during the term of the SPC either for the purpose of exporting to a non-EU market where protection has expired or never existed or (during the six months before the SPC expires) for the purpose of creating a stock that will be put on the EU market after the SPC has expired.
The new regulation will enable generics manufacturers based within the EU to compete with non-EU manufacturers on equal terms. It will create high-value jobs and boost the availability of generic medicines in the EU.
Niculae BĂDĂLĂU, Romanian Minister of economy